The assistance provided to you through our Environmental Assistance Program is federally mandated through the Clean Air Act to support small businesses who want confidential assistance in understanding and complying with state and federal air quality regulations and cannot afford to hire a consultant.

State and federal air regulations may apply to your business if you emit air pollutants, such as particulates, dust, fumes, gases, mist, smoke, vapors or odors. While this definition covers many different processes, four criteria can often help identify an air contaminant source.

Does your business:

  • Have something with a stack, dust collector or vent?
    Examples: shotblasters, grinders, storage tanks
  • Use a process that includes paints, solvents, adhesives or other chemicals?
    Examples: paint booths, degreasers, solvent cleaning tanks
  • Use a process that burns fuel (e.g., oil, natural gas, coal)?
    Examples: boilers, furnaces, process heaters
  • Have an area that produces visible dust, smoke or odors?
    Examples: unpaved roadways, material handling areas

For more information, call the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality – Air Quality Permitting Hotline: 1-877-5PERMIT or visit the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Air Permitting Web site.

In addition to state permitting requirements, there are federal air rules that may apply.  Links to new federal rules that apply to many businesses are included below.

Paint Stripping/Surface Coating

Plating and Polishing

Metal Fabrication/Metal Finishing

Auto Body Shops – Paint Stripping

Commercial, Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters

Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)

Air Rules For Other Businesses and Activities

Please contact us if you need additional confidential assistance.  Call 208-426-1640 in Boise or toll-free, 800-225-3815, outside the Boise area or e-mail